​About us

Background

Established in 1997, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is a national charity protecting children from violence and its devastating effects. We care for children who have experience or witnessed violence and run programs which prevent violence in the lives of children. We play an advocacy role and we're a voice against childhood violence. The Foundation auspices the National Centre Against Bullying.
 
eSmart
 
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's cybersafety and wellbeing initiative, eSmart aims to make cybersafety a normal part of every young person's life by equipping them to use technologies in ways that protect them from the associated risks.
 
The Foundation comissioned RMIT University School of Education to develop eSmart. The initiative is informed by consultation with many cybersafety, bullying, education and industry experts from across Australia. The first major focus of the initiative is to help schools to create a cultural norm of smart, safe and responsible use of communications technologies. The initiative will:
  • help schools develop policies and practices encouraging students to use technology responsibly
  • point schools to teaching resources on cybersafety, but also to resources to help them create a safe, respectful and caring environment
  • encourage schools to embrace the positives of technology for teaching practice and enhance young people's learning establish a system for schools to provide evidence that they are actively
  • implementing these policies and practices
  • reduce the digital divide between adults and young people, so adults can become a credible source of advice on avoiding the risks of cyberspace.

"It is important to remember that this is an issue of behaviour, more than it is of technology. We really need to get serious about behaviour and support schools to focus on building a culture of respect and caring in addition to teaching the traditional academic subjects."
Dr Judith Slocombe CEO, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation